On 29th May 2020, the Centre for Peace Studies – a key member of the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) – presented a new report alongside the Welcome! Initiative. Addressing the Croatian Government, the “Report on violent and illegal expulsions of children and unaccompanied children” is based on testimonies collected by activists through the BVMN shared database. The publication shares the story of children who sought protection from Croatia, and how Croatia answered in violence. Continue reading “Report from Centre for Peace Studies on the pushback of children”
A response to the Croatian Ministry of Interior on grave rights abuses by police officers in the border area.
When it comes to human rights violations, then the authority implicated should conduct an impartial internal investigation. This has not been the response of the Croatian Ministry of Interior (MUP), who have batted off reports recently put to them by No Name Kitchen (NNK) and the organisations which form the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) in an article by the Guardian newspaper.
The 700th testimony published by BVMN is a reminder that border violence continues unchecked during Coronavirus.
For many of us right now, it feels like the world, and all of its problems, have been put on hold while COVID-19 takes the main stage. We are in isolation, waiting for the curve to flatten so that physical distancing restrictions can be relaxed. We are counting down the days until we can resume normal routines, and be with our family and friends.
On 31st March 2020, the Border Violence Monitoring Network co-signed a letter alongside members InfoKolpa and Are You Syrious?, as well as Slovenian groups Radio Študent and Doctors for Asylees. It challenged the latest proposal to militerise Slovenia’s borders in wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. The signatories decried the move by the newly elected government in Ljubljana to invoke article Article 37.a of the Defence Act as a response to the pandemic.
Addressing the concerns directly to the EU Commission, the letter stated that :
“activation of the article would give the Slovenian army unclear jurisdiction for the »protection of the broader border« area. However, there is substantial concern that such indefinite military power would expand into martial law across the country”.
Following the recent developments in Greece regarding violence against people at it’s national and EU border, the Border Violence Monitoring Network have co-authored a comprehensive report alongside several organisations (Mobile Info Team, Mare Liberum, No Name Kitchen, and Balkan Info Van). The publication outlines the latest data from monitoring groups recording pushbacks to Turkey from both land and sea, highlighting systemic and EU backed acts of extreme violence and cruelty in breach of international law. Continue reading “New report on violations at Greek borders”